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Welcome to Lizzie Harper’s Website!

An experienced natural history and botanical illustrator, Lizzie’s work appears in books and magazines around the world, on postage stamps and mugs. She lives very happily in Hay on Wye, and works her garden studio surrounded by plants and birds.

Dewberries botanical illustration by Lizzie Harper
Lizzie Harper
Jersey Post Beetles Post and go

“ I am passionate about the natural world and love learning about the plants and animals I illustrate. ”

Explore my website and discover:

Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris cut to white, sitting
Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

If you’re interested in finding out what I’m working on at the moment, follow my blog or find me on instagram.

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula male
ornithological natural histpry hatural science illustration of the Bullfinch

“ “Botanical artist Lizzie Harper produces meticulous watercolours of flora and fauna in her celebrations of nature” ”

Country Living Magazine

Projects Showcase

“ Lizzie has consistently impressed me with her skill, professionalism and attention to detail ”

Jenny Campbell, Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Galleries

Links to Lizzie's Workshops, Exhibitions, Cards, and Prints

For details of Lizzie’s workshops, exhibitions, and information about greetings cards and ordering prints, click on the links.

Lizzie's latest Posts and Blogs

River management, sketchbooks study, sxs, impatiens, invasives, step by step

Below are some links to Lizzie’s latest blogs and Instagram posts.

elder, elderberry, progression, watercolour, botanical illustration,

This is the Common mallow, Malva sylvestris.

It grows uninvited in my garden, but as it's quite a pretty plant, and flowers late, I'm happy to give it flower-bed room.

Its seeds are super-cool, they're arranged a circle with a hole in the middle. Individual tiny "slices" of seed break off like slices of cheese, which is why some people call this plant "Cheeses".

it's a medicinal one too; lots of stuff like rapid healing, analgesic, good for respiratory conditions and insomnia.... Not tried it myself, but these old herbal remedies are frequently right, at least in part. It also makes a yellow dye.

It's yet another of these wild flowers which are ever so pink. For years I struggled to get the right pinks for species like this, Herb robert, some orchids, willowherbs, and endless other pink beauties all have similar blueish bright clean pinks. Then someone pointed me at Opera pink watercolour which has massively simplified things. it is a colour that fades if exposed to light though, so that's the drawback. But I use it a lot.

#mallow #malva #wildflowers #watercolour #flowerart #botanicalillustration #botanicalart #sciart #flowerid #pinkflowers #paintingpinkflowers
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This is the Dewberry, Rubus caesius.

It's a relative of the blackberry but the waxy bloom on the fruit make the fruits look blue rather than glossy black. Often the bloom is so thick that the fruit look grey or white. Like blackberries, dewberries are edible and tasty. Leaves are trifoliate. The flowers are white (occasionally pink).

This is one of a series of illustrations done for a postage stamp issue for Jersey Post back in 2019. It's always a challenge with stamps. You have to get the composition right (leaving room for the queens head, name of the fruit, and price of the stamp). You also have to make the subjects botanically accurate, but still visually appealing. in the case of fruits, you need somehow to make them look tasty too!

Still, it was a treat to illustrate such a pretty berry. And trying to capture the bloom on a fruit is always fun. Crack out that white gouache, folks!

#dewberry #Rubuscaesius #botanicalart #botanicalillustration #fruits #berries #foraging #sciart
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This is the mole, Talpa europea.

Moles are fascinating little mammals. To help with their burrowing lifestyle, their fur can "stroke" forwards and backwards and is incredibly velvety to touch. Their front paws are amazing, like fleshy spades with incredibly tough scraping claws.

they eat earthworms, an 80g mole needs 50g of worms a day, according to the Mammal society. They gather these, and other subterranean prey such as insect larvae, from the soil by building networks of tunnels several hundreds of meters long. Lower, more permanent tunnels are used in winter, but prey often congregates closer to the surface of the soil so they also use temporary shallow tunnels.

Moles sometimes store their worms in "larders", immobilising them with a bite to the head. One larder had 470 worms in it! (Mammal society).

They mate in spring, with males tunnelling miles in search of females. Most of the time they live solitary lives. Spherical nest chambers are built and lined with dry grass, and t3 or 4 babies are born naked and blind. They're ready to leave the nest within a month.

Moles are persecuted by horticulturalists and farmers. Mole hills can damage farming machinery or damage sileage crops, and the burrowing may unearth roots from below, sometimes killing the plants above the soil.

However, moles are beneficial too. They eat enormous numbers of grubs of pests such as carrot fly and cockchafer which would do far mroe crop damage than the moles do. Tunnels also are important in helping to aerate the soil in claggy places.

Mole killing is very common, and although strychnine is now illegal (which led to a slow and painful death) moles are now gassed and trapped with sprung traps. Farmers, green keepers and even keen gardeners striving for that (eco-desert habitat) perfect lawn regard them as pests. I see the problem, but being gassed to death is, I think, rather a heavy price to pay for leaving a molehill on a lawn.

Thanks to @mammalsociety for their online factsheet which I referred to heavily.

#mole #talpaeuropea #britishmammals #sciart #naturalhistoryillustration #naturalscienceillustration #watercolour
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Original Artwork Available to Buy

Original artwork illustrations for sale

Lizzie has many original illustrations for sale.

In all cases,  email her on info@lizzieharper.co.uk if you’d like to buy one of these natural history paintings, drawings, or studies.

Below is an illustrated list of all her original work currently on sale, divided into framed and unframed categories, and subject matter.

Original artwork illustrations for sale
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  • (UK ) (0)1497 821578 or (0)7714 246 447
  • 11 Church Terrace . Hay-on-Wye . Herefordshire . HR3 5EE . UK
Samon Salmo salar hen fish showing silvery irridescence
Salmon hen natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper
Common lizard Lacerta vivipara in field with grasses buttercup and orchids
Common lizard in field natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

Lizzie Harper